Women in Manufacturing International Women's Day 2023 Event

When: March 2, 2023

Where: Virtual, Canada


It is critical to continue chipping away at all the barriers preventing or discouraging women from entering Canada’s manufacturing industry.

Annex Business Media’s Manufacturing Group is back with Advance: Women in Manufacturing to facilitate conversations about breaking barriers, advancing women into positions of their choice and embracing equity.

Scheduled for March 2, the half-day virtual summit will explore strategies to help women power their journey in Canada’s manufacturing industry.

The event will feature experts working to create diverse and inclusive workspaces.

Influencers in the Canadian manufacturing sector, as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers will share solutions to overcome every day challenges women face in the industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and thought leaders whose shared goal is to promote gender equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian manufacturing.


1:00 pm - 1:05 pm
Opening remarks
Welcome greeting by the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, and Parliamentary Secretary Jenna Sudds.

1:05 pm – 1:30 pm
Opening keynote: How mentorship and sponsorship can move the dial in your early career
Speaker: Jo-Ann Dizy, Co-founder and CEO of Grow Together
Mentors are strong allies that help women advance in careers and positions of their choice within the manufacturing sector. The opening keynote will highlight the benefits of having mentors and sponsors in your professional networks to achieve career goals. Dizy will offer strategies to help participants obtain and maintain both relationships. Dizy will also touch upon the limitations to mentorship, and why your ultimate networking goal must be to develop sponsorship relationships.

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm
Panel discussion – Embrace equity to drive success
Creating an equitable workplace can go a long way in driving the success of a company. Panellists will discuss strategies to embrace equity and the role of allies in creating an equitable work environment.

2:10 pm – 2:25 pm

2:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Workshop – Own your career: Strategic career navigation and mapping to propel your success
Speaker: Kristina Cleary, Founder and Chief Leadership Officer, ACCELLE

Taking ownership of career planning will help you make more strategic decisions and propel the success you desire no matter what stage of career you are in.

Why wait for the traditional performance review for your career discussion? YOU are in the driver’s seat of your career – NOW is the perfect time to clarify where you are going and how you are going to get there.

Join this workshop to learn from Kristina Cleary, Founder and Chief Leadership Officer of ACCELLE about how career planning can help accelerate your success by:
Clarifying where you want to go and HOW you are going to get there
Identifying specific actions you can take to help you reach your career goals FASTER
Ensuring buy-in and alignment with your leader

2:55 pm – 3:15 pm
Fireside chat with industry leaders

3:15 pm – 3:55 pm
Panel discussion – Ask the experts
Our panel of industry experts and leaders in the manufacturing industry are here to offer solutions to real-life challenges women face in the workplace. Submit your questions on how to tackle difficult situations at your workplace when registering for the event or during the live session. Our panellists will offer their advice during this interactive discussion.

3:55 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing remarks
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